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Fall Activities & Events in Gatlinburg

There’s nowhere quite like Gatlinburg in the fall. Embrace the magic of the season with a plethora of exciting activities and events that celebrate everything autumn has to offer. Get ready for a feast of colors, flavors and experiences that define this picturesque time of year.

GatlinBURGER Week

Kick off your fall adventure with GatlinBURGER Week, a week-long celebration of the beloved sandwich. Explore Gatlinburg’s culinary scene by way of the special menus and unique burger adaptations available all week long at a variety of local eateries. GatlinBURGER Week will take place from September 17-23, 2023. 

Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff

Warm up your taste buds at the Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff, where fiery chili creations take center stage. For more than 30 years, the cookoff has signaled the start of Winterfest Gatlinburg — a time to enjoy live entertainment and sample an array of chili variations, from traditional to daringly innovative, while feeling the glow of the holiday season. This year, the Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff will take place on November 9 in front of the Gatlinburg Convention Center. 

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

Immerse yourself in the rich artistic heritage of the region at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair. Witness skilled artisans at work and explore a vast collection of handcrafted treasures that make for perfect fall souvenirs or holiday gifts. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair will run from October 5-22, 2023.

Explore the Fall Foliage

Calling all Leaf Peepers! As the leaves begin their breathtaking color change, Gatlinburg transforms into a mesmerizing canvas of red, gold and amber. The best time to witness this natural spectacle is mid-October when the colors are at their most vibrant. Take a scenic drive or hike through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to fully immerse yourself in the captivating fall foliage.

Festive Fall Activities in Gatlinburg

Beyond the main events, Gatlinburg offers an array of seasonal experiences. Enjoy leisurely walks along downtown streets adorned with fall decorations, shop for unique crafts at local boutiques or embark on a spooky adventure during the Halloween season. Explore the town's haunted history with an Appalachian Ghostwalk that adds a touch of mystery to your fall escapade or simply enjoy the crisp mountain air on an outdoor adventure in the national park.

Cozy Fall Stays at Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg

After a day of autumnal exploration, retreat to the warmth and comfort of Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. Unwind in our cozy accommodations and savor seasonal delights at our on-site restaurants. Relax by the fire pit, soak in the outdoor hot tub and embrace the tranquility of fall at its finest. Plan your visit now to experience the rich tapestry of fall colors, the excitement of local events and the unmatched hospitality of Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg.

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